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Prince George, Chetwynd & McBride (B.C.)

on June 12, 2013

Last weekend, I had hoped to go to Spock Days, in Vulcan Alberta. But, I didn’t get to go… maybe next year.  This year, the Vulcan Aleguest stars were Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, and Rick Sternbach.

I did happen across Vulcan Beer, though, which honors Vulcan’s Centennial Year.  The Star Trek website  says: “How often, after a tough day, have you muttered the words, “Man, I wish I could have some Vulcan Ale right about now”?”  … I haven’t actually said that…but I am curious to try it.. I found it for sale at Zyn, in Inglewood.

So, back to our Yukon-Calgary roadtrip.

After leaving Dawson Creek, and no longer on the Alaska Highway, we came across Chetwynd.

Chetwynd is an interesting townWelcome to Chetwynd, that, it seems, is famous for its chainsaw art.

The first of the chainsaw art was a scene with 3 bears, made in 1992, as part of the “Welcome to Chetwynd” sign.  Since then, the collection has grown, and the whole town has chainsaw sculptures on display.  (I didn’t know that we were supposed to be on the look-out for art, so I only caught the edge of the “Welcome” sign as we zoomed by.)

MooseCowboy

Main StreetThe Chetwynd Chainsaw Championship was just this past weekend! What good timing was that? They estimated that there would be 120 sculptures at the completion of the competition.

Next stop was Prince George. After being there, the song that comes to mind is “She ain’t pretty, she just looks that way.”

I think even people who live there and love it, have to admit that, despite the pretty scenery, it STINKS!!!

It was so terrible, that as we were driving down the main street coming into town, and I was taking pictures of the town, etc., I "THIS STINKS!"heard Shannan say (all muffled): “I hope I don’t offend the locals.”  She had her face completely buried in her shirt as she drove us through town.  (Another moment that caused me to laugh till I could hardly breathe.)

We had decided (in advance) to stop there for the night, and the boys (still driving behind us) wanted to go to a cheap(er) hotel, but we decided we wanted something nicer, so, since we were in the lead car, we just passed right by the hotel they wanted, and went to the one that we chose.  HOWEVER,  the air was so terrible, when Shannan got out to go book rooms, she started gagging and had to get back in the car!! (SO, we lost that battle, and ended up at Peter and Rich’s choice.)

That all being said: by the time we woke up the next morning, we had grown accustomed to the rankness, and so, I suppose that’s how people stay there.

I’m not making this up – Prince George has large pulp mills and an oil refinery there, and they STINK!

I suppose it’s unfair to say something that sounds so negative… but it was really part of our “adventure” and that’s what I know about it!  It shouldn’t stop you from going to visit… although, it might prevent us from going back…. ever…. maybe.

Ancient Forest this-a-wayWe didn’t stay in town for breakfast, but headed off to see what was out on the open highway (the TransCanada Highway).

Somewhere between Prince George and a little town called McBride, is the Ancient Forest.

Ancient ForestThe Ancient Forest is estimated to be between 1000-2000 years old, and further up the trail (which we didn’t follow) are trees that are up to 16 meters (52 feet) in circumference.   One tree (called “Big Tree”… really? that’s the best they could come up with??) is 5 meters McBride(16 feet) in diameter and was probably a sapling during the peak of the Roman Empire!!  Hmmmmm… this isn’t really that far from Calgary… I might actually go back there someday.

Not only that, it’s not that far from McBride, and a good friend of ours (Susanna) is from McBride, so maybe we can just follow her there at some point. (Susanna – if you are reading this… just so you know… that could be a plan.)

It’s a very small town (2006 Census is 660 only), which makes sense when Susanna told me that most of the amazing things to do there are all outdoors-y.  Going to the Fraser River, Rainbow Falls, Tier Mountain, etc.

There were chainsaw sculptures on display there, as well – not sure if they are artist from McBride, or just a nice place to set up their art, right there, on the TransCanada Highway.Chainsaw art
McBride Chainsaw art

Next stop: Jasper, Alberta.

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One response to “Prince George, Chetwynd & McBride (B.C.)

  1. Please oh please can we go!!! And we will have to stop at Mt. Robson and go hiking up to Kinney Lake! The chainsaw artist is from the McBride area, he’s been around as long as I can remember!

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